Zero, one, two or four runs?
National clubs will end the season in uncertainty.
Meeting on Thursday, the FFF executive committee has not yet taken a decision before the last two days, this Monday (8:45 p.m.) and Saturday.
A way to save time so as not to have concerns about sporting fairness and that the matches are played to the end.
But this situation leaves room for all speculation.
But the rules of the National are clear. He indicates that "insofar as the provisions set out do not allow the number of 18 teams to be reached, and until the deadline of July 17, the teams relegated to N2 in the order of the classification are re-selected. ". As there will be no rise with the white season decreed in National 2, the FFF should pick up sports relegated teams. But on this point, his texts are just as clear: “the team ranked last in National 1 cannot be drafted”.
If we trust this regulation, only one team should therefore be relegated, the red lantern - currently SC Lyon - and the National championship should be contested at 17 in 2021-2022.
Penultimate, Créteil, which receives Laval this Monday, is concerned.
Emmanuel Da Costa's team is 4 points ahead of SC Lyon and will travel to Bastia-Borgo (16th) on the last day.
"We must do our utmost to avoid a possible big disillusionment at the end of the championship".
While before the winter break, Créteil could believe in the podium, everything has happened in the wrong direction since the departure at the end of December of coach Carlos Secretario for health reasons. His replacement, Richard Déziré, only stayed for two months. The ex-coach of Le Mans and the Cristolian leaders admitted "the casting error". After the interim of Deputy Manuel Ramos, Emmanuel Da Costa was appointed on March 15. But upon his arrival, just before his first match at SC Bastia, he was affected by the Covid and had to be absent for several days.
It is not easy in these conditions to set up your working method. Then several players were in turn tested positive and placed in solitary confinement. The postponed matches followed one after another. And the tumble continued on the ground where Créteil has not won since February 27 (4-1 against Annecy). Over the last ten games, the record is 8 defeats to 2 draws. Créteil even remains on two big setbacks, at Concarneau (3-0) and at Le Mans (4-0), two contenders for the access roadblocks.
The arrival of Laval is therefore crucial. A few weeks ago, Emmanuel Da Costa had declared that he did not want "a Covid maintenance" ... But faced with the urgency of the situation, the objective will already be to avoid the last place. “We have to get a real reaction from the players because we are in great danger in the standings, admits Da Costa. You have to take as many points as possible over these last two games. We have to fight to leave as many teams as possible behind us. So far we haven't done the right thing. We must do our utmost to avoid a possible big disillusionment at the end of the championship ”.